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“Duck if you see a bird coming”

Inchcolm Abbey and Island
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Inchcolm Abbey was established on this island originally as a priory by David I in 1235. It is the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. It was the dream of Alexander I to establish a monastery on the island after he sheltered on it during a storm. But following his death, it was his brother David I who invited Augustinian canons to establish a priory, which was later given full abbey status. The abbey has a dramatic location which you can see from the boat before you arrive on the island. The medieval stone screens inside the belltower are rare survivals of medieval church fixtures and the 13th century well-painting is a rare medieval fresco. The island is also famed for its seals, wildlife and coastal defences from the two world wars.
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Nice day out - a boat trip under the bridge. Seals, Gulls (adult and babies), Terns, Skewers but didn't see any puffins. If you see a bird flying towards you it's probably attacking.

Thank AlanandLyn
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

I love this island so peaceful and tranquil we went again recently and didn't spend long enough here we could also have taken our dog which I didn't know at the time

Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Lovely day out. So atmospheric. Plenty to see & do. It does help if you get good weather though! Walking shoes required

Thank AliCat230
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Cost £17.50 an adult we thought this would be a one off but fantastic informative trip over,breathtaking island well maintained abbey,very relaxing.on way back we sat on top deck beautiful views and the captain even stopped for passengers to take close up pictures of seals we will deff do again my granddaughter had an amazing enjoyable time too.

1  Thank Jayne S
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

It's interesting to see how Monks lived close to Edinburgh but on a lonely Island in hard Conditions.There a defence Properties from World War 2 on the Hill as well.

Thank Martin S
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